Ariel Cohen, L.L.B., Ph.D.,heads the Heritage Global Energy Competitiveness Project. He directed Heritage’s energy simulation exercises (war gaming) on oil supply crises. Dr. Cohen conducts White House briefings and lectures at the Central Intelligence Agency, the Foreign Service Institute of the U.S. Department of State, the Joint Chiefs of Staff, and the Training and Doctrine and Special Forces Commands of the U.S. armed services. He also regularly participates in CIA/Department of State conferences. Dr. Cohen frequently testifies before committees of the U.S. Congress, including the House Foreign Relations, House Armed Services, and House Judiciary Committees.
Dr. Cohen has been involved in journalism since 1981, and has published over 500 articles in professional and popular media. He appears on CNN, NBC, CBS, FOX, C-SPAN, BBC-TV, Al Jazeera, and all of the Russian and Ukrainian national TV networks. He is a commentator and blogger for the Voice of America and Radio Liberty. He also served as a commentator for UPI and a columnist for the Middle East Times; and has written extensively for the International Herald Tribune, The Washington Post, The Wall Street Journal, Christian Science Monitor, National Review Online, Washington Times, and the National Interest. His articles and op-eds often appear in journals published in Italy, Poland, Russia, and Ukraine, as well as in the Gulf, Azerbaijan and Kazakhstan.
Dr. Cohen has consulted for U.S. AID, The World Bank, the Pentagon, the U.S. Senate, and Radio Liberty-Radio Free Europe. He also serves on the Board of Advisors of the Institute for Analysis of Global Security and the Jerusalem Center for Public Affairs, as well as on the Editorial Board of Central Asia and the Caucasus (Stockholm) and of Caspian Crossroads. He is a Member of the Council of Foreign Relations, the International Institute for Strategic Studies (London), and the American Council on Germany.